The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System is a confidential, statewide Internet reporting system to which all Pennsylvania hospitals, outpatient-surgery facilities, and birthing centers, as well as some abortion facilities, must file information on medical errors. Safety Monitor is a column from Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, the authority that informs nurses on issues that can affect patient safety and presents strategies they can easily integrate into practice. For more information on the authority, visit www.patientsafetyauthority.org. For the original article discussed in this column or for other articles on patient safety, click on “Patient Safety Advisories” and then “Advisory Library” in the left-hand navigation menu.
Denise Martindell is a senior patient safety analyst at ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, PA. This article is adapted from “Improving the Safety of Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy,” which appeared in a publication of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: Pa Patient Saf Advis 2011;8(1):18-25. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.